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Manchester City vs Fluminense (FIFA Club World Cup): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch



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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Fluminense in the FIFA Club World Cup Final on Friday in Saudi Arabia.

Manchester City have the chance to win their fifth trophy of 2023 on Friday evening, as Pep Guardiola’s side bid to win the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in the Blues’ history.

City, who have already lifted the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Super Cup this year, will face Copa Libertadores holders Fluminense in the Club World Cup Final at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.

Manchester City reached the final with a 3-0 win over Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds, as second-half goals from Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva secured semi-final victory after Marius Høibråten’s own-goal broke the deadlock.

Fluminense beat Al Ahly 2-0 to book their place in the Friday’s showpiece event, with the South American champions now preparing to come up against the European champions.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid are the most recent winners of the tournament, with Manchester City looking to lift the trophy for the first time.

Fixture Details

Manchester City will face Fluminense in the FIFA Club World Cup Final on Friday 22nd December at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with kick-off scheduled for 18:00 (UK).

Team News

Pep Guardiola will be without attacking trio Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku for the Club World Cup Final, after the three players were omitted from Manchester City’s 23-man squad due to FIFA competition rules.

All three players have returned to first-team training during the club’s time in Saudi Arabia, and could be in contention to feature against Everton or Sheffield United in the Premier League.

Head to Head

Manchester City have never previously faced Fluminense, with the Brazilian club having beaten Al Ahly in the other semi-final to reach Friday’s Club World Cup Final.

Fluminense, who are managed by Fernando Diniz, won the Copa Libertadores in November with a 2-1 win over Boca Juniors.

How To Watch

Manchester City fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to watch the Blues compete in the FIFA Club World Cup Final on TNT Sports and Discovery+, with Friday’s fixture live on TNT Sports 1.

You will also be able to follow the match on City Xtra’s Youtube channel via our live Watchalong show!